With the main objective of educating good people, Physical Education and Sports at Stella Maris College are an important means to the holistic development of each child from a physical, emotional, social and cognitive perspective.
To achieve our aim, we put in place a coherent and progressive programme, respecting the characteristics of each age from Kindergarten to Secondary School.
Sports are one of the means through which Physical Education helps develop self-esteem, tolerance to frustration, sense of belonging and commitment, solidarity, self-control, and respect for rules, teammates and rivals.
All sport practice at Stella Maris adheres to our College’s motto “Ad Astra”, aiming to encourage students to be the best they can. We consider someone to be an excellent sports person if they are willing to do their best according to their talents.
It is not compulsory to join a sports team, but those students who choose to do so are expected to be committed, attending training sessions and matches whenever possible.
“We deem excellent those who strive to do their best according to their abilities. It’s not about being the best but rather the best you can be stemming from your own self-awareness. Thus, we optimise academic performance tapping into the motivation and the willpower that push a person to learn.” (Magna Carta)
Physical Education and Sports at Stella Maris seek to:
• contribute to the holistic development of our students.
• promote sports among students regardless of their ability, so as to transform the sports experience into a means of personal growth and development. The result is not an aim in itself and we hold “fair play” as a fundamental value.
• respect the autonomy and the individual features of every player.
• acknowledge and foster the students´ effort in order to encourage them to do their best, to strengthen their self-confidence and to contribute all their abilities to teamwork.
• promote a spirit of accomplishment to increase their commitment with the sport experience.
• foster healthy habits through sports and physical education.
• find in sports an educational, inclusive and recreational tool.
Training and tournaments
• In Primary, the members of the teams will rotate so as to ensure a balanced performance among the teams.
• All students belonging to a cohort will take part in training sessions together.
• Sports games will be formative in nature and will consist of sports days which will include students aged 7 to 12.
• Informal competition will be encouraged and effort rewarded. Everyone is expected to take part regardless of their abilities.
• As of the age of 13, sports will become more competitive.
• Sport outings organized by the school will be inclusive; everyone will have the opportunity to take part in them in order to promote the participation of those who are less keen on doing sports.